Salon de la SNBA

Meta-Impressionism / Salons

Salon

de la

Société National des Beaux-Arts

1890 – 1918

 

 

Introduction:
The first Salon de la Société National des Beaux-Arts was held in 1890 at the Champ-de-Mars in the Palais des Beaux-Arts. The year before a group had split of from the ‘Société des Artistes Français‘. The Salons de la Société National des Beaux-Arts can be seen as independant group exhibitions and in this sense as one of the successors of the ‘impressionist’ expositions that stopped in 1886. Many partakers of the ‘impressionist’ expositions (frequently) exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Beaux-Arts, including Sisley. This Salon had a jury, but awarded no medals.
On this page you will find (in the future) overviews of the founders, the ‘associés’ and the ‘impressionist’ partakers.

 

The Salon de la Société National des Beaux-Arts (=SNBA):
In 1889 there had been a division between the members of the jury. One part grouped as ‘la Société National des Beaux-Arts’ and began to organise their own yearly exhibitions since 1890 at the Champ-de-Mars in the Palais des Beaux-Arts and after 1900 in the Grand Palais. In 1919 the Société National des Beaux-Arts integrated again with the Société des Artistes Français. Earlier (because of disputes) some ‘associés’ had already returned to the Société des Artistes Français. Among them were Brandon, Carolus Durant, Dagnan-Bouveret and Gervex.
In 1890 Meissonier was the chairman, 1891 onwards Puvis de Chavannes and later Roll and Forain. At first there was no limit to the amount of art-works one could submit. Later on one was allowed to exhibit 6 works. Still artists, like Sisley, regularly exhibited more than 6 works. In 1890 there were just 450 participants, in 1907 there was the highest amount of participants, namely 1137. In 1890 there were just 1422 works exhibited, in 1903 there was the highest amount of  art-works, namely 2759. There was a jury. The average of works that artists did show was about 3. There were no medals granted.
Many partakers of the ‘impressionist’ expositions (that stopped in 1886) exhibited at the salons of the Société National des Beaux-Arts (that started 4 years later in 1890) and often were ‘associé’. The folowing artists exhibited on a regular basis: Boudin, Colin, Desboutin, Lebourg, Meyer, Lepine, J.F. Raffaëlli, Sisley and Vidal. The folowing artists exhibited on a less regular basis: Brandon, Forain, and Redon. The folowing artists exhibited just one time: Cassatt (only in 1898), Gauguin (only in 1891), Vignon (only in 1897). Postumous there were works exhibited of Bureau.
Sources on Impressionism don’t render much attention to the Société National des Beaux-Arts. This is strange, because it is an independent group exhibition, probably also inspired by the independant ‘impressionist’ expositions, and starting just 4 years after the last ‘impressionist’ exposition. And among the participants were many ‘impressionists’, including the key-Impressionist Alfred Sisley.
Note: in 1861 Louis Martinet, Théophile Gautier and others already had formed a Société National des Beaux-Arts (R290,p53).

 

Founders of the Société National des Beaux-Arts (=SNBA):
Who were the founders of the Société National des Beaux-Arts? Here below you will find (in the future) an overview:

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Associé of the Société National des Beaux-Arts (=SNBA):
Who were associates of the Société National des Beaux-Arts?  Here below you will find (in the future) an overview:

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‘Impressionists’ at the Société National des Beaux-Arts (=SNBA):

Which partakers of the ‘impressionist’ exposition did exhibit at the Salons of the Société National des Beaux-Arts? Here below you will find (in the future) an overview of which painters in what years and with how many art-works:

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  • Sisley: 1890 (6 paintings); 1891 (7); 1892 (7); 1893 (6); 1894 (8); 1895 (8), 1896 (7), 1898 (5)
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Sources:
My main sources are the Salon database, that render the catalogues from 1890-1910, accept those of 1900 and 1905 (iR1). Monneret (1978-81=R88II,p415/6), Cuzin (1982=R97), Brettell (1987=R210). Other sources are Rewald (1973=R1), Walther (2013=R3), Denvir (1993=R5). See the link for other general References (=Rx) and to the internet references (=iRx). See links for practical hints and abbreviations and for the subscription of the paintings.

 

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